Lions bite off more than they can chew? NEVER!
When Fiona Croft approached Malton Lions for help removing a pile of wood which had been a boardwalk, we weren’t quite sure what we were letting ourselves in for.
The boardwalk in Lady Spring Wood, ran by the River Derwent between Norton & Malton and Old Malton. It was unsafe, unlikely to survive another winter as it was in disrepair, and had to be removed. A small bridge over The Cut nearby has been removed for the same reason and together these limited the routes that can be taken by walkers.
Lion Mark Harrison joined Fiona on site to assess the problem and decided that through his business – Ryetec – he had the equipment required to do the job in the exceptionally boggy conditions alongside the River Derwent which was very high after the recent rain. All that was needed was a group of “willing” volunteers from within the Club.
In Fiona’s words this is what happened next.
THANK YOU LIONS, YOU ARE THE BEST!
Malton & Norton Lions Club have worked miracles for the Lady Spring Wood project today. Mark, Steve, Russ, Nick, Richard and Jack appeared at 8am with huge tractors, trailers, cranes, dumpers, and utter determination to get the enormous pile of boardwalk wood out of the water-sodden field by the wood, and to the Gannock car park opposite The Royal Oak.
The Malton & Norton Lions Club have done what many others (amateur and professional alike) could not or would not do in the terrible conditions by the river. But no amount of trying to talk them out of this seemingly crazy plan would put them off, and true to their excellent reputation, they succeeded after 5 hours, still with smiles on their faces. They moved six 20 cubic yard trailers of rubbish across boggy terrain!
The volunteers running the Lady Spring Wood Project, Malton & Norton Area Partnership and many, many more owe these men an enormous debt of gratitude.
The wood itself is bursting with wildlife and ancient, beautiful springs bubbling with clear spring water. Access to the woods and other local paths has provided joy for walkers for many years in this beautiful part of North Yorkshire.
Through Just Giving a crowd funding appeal went out – take a look by clicking here – to add to funds from local organisations. They needed to raise a further £6000 for a safe, accessible woodland pathway and bridge. Feedback from their recent Questionnaire revealed that 24% would no longer use the area if the boardwalk is totally removed and 98% supported installing the new bridge.
The plan is to use this money to fund the replacement of the bridge across The Cut south of Malton and Norton Rugby Club, and to contribute to the management of the Lady Spring Wood boardwalks which will be removed and replaced – with boardwalk and some ground level pathways – during 2018.